Arykanda was built upon five large terraces ascending a mountain slope, located near the small village of Aykiriçay, presently on the Elmalı-Finike road.
Arycanda is known to be one of the old Lycian cities, as its name ends with -anda, indicative of its Anatolian origin; dating back as far as the 2nd millennium BC.
On the other hand, the oldest remains and finds from the city
date from the 6th or 5th century BCE. The site is being excavated and
restored by an Ankara University teamheaded by Prof. Dr. Cevdet Bayburtluoglu since 1971.